Published by Roaring Brook Press on August 27th 2013
Genres: Children's Picture Book
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Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc.
On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks—the musical interludes between verses—longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, here's how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.
I’ve been on a mission to read more diversely to the Littles. I recently saw When the Beat Was Born on different lists I found for diverse reads and was once again lucky that my library had it.
I mainly borrowed this book for myself. I’ve always loved to learn the history of Hip Hop and who the pioneers are.
When The Beat Was Born was a pretty good book about how DJ Kool Herc early life influenced his music. I also loved the illustrations and how they related to the story. They were very colorful and I felt it brought the story together.
My littles weren’t as interested in this book but I think its because they don’t really listen to hip hop or understand the history of it. I personally really enjoyed it.